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07-25-21, 04:46 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 686
Posted By Prowler

I wrench one day a week at an LBS and am, slowly,...

I wrench one day a week at an LBS and am, slowly, learning that I am NO ones target market and I cannot fathom what makes people tick. I rarely meet anyone who likes the old steel that we here do and...
07-22-21, 06:42 PM
Replies: 1,145
Views: 122,860
Posted By Prowler

Today was my first trip down the SRT all the way...

Today was my first trip down the SRT all the way to Manayunk, PA since "the troubles" started. I'd been turning back at Shawmont Ave to minimize exposure. Once you leave the pavement at Shawmont...
07-22-21, 06:28 PM
Replies: 17,563
Views: 1,922,618
Posted By Prowler

I just wanted to turn the cranks a while for some...

I just wanted to turn the cranks a while for some good cardio and explore a bit. So I connected up to the trail system in Skippack, PA. They've done an impressive job with trails the connect all...
07-15-21, 04:01 PM
Replies: 17,563
Views: 1,922,618
Posted By Prowler

Elephants

Took the 850 out on our Delaware and Lehigh trail (as in the rivers it follows). Lovely cool air this morning, no wind and a pretty frisky Lehigh river due to the amount of rain recently. Then I rode...
07-05-21, 03:28 PM
Replies: 108
Views: 5,775
Posted By Prowler

Finally got my 87 Schwinn Voyageur out for a long...

Finally got my 87 Schwinn Voyageur out for a long ride. This bike got its second frame up rehab last winter, mostly focused on sealing the paint/patina better than the first time. A few other odds...
07-03-21, 04:21 PM
Replies: 4,437
Views: 431,715
Posted By Prowler

I've been doing a lot of repair to the horse...

I've been doing a lot of repair to the horse barns as horses get pretty bored and chew on things. That includes painting and, today, while waiting for the paint to dry I decided to make a proper FW...
06-24-21, 06:59 PM
Replies: 108
Views: 5,775
Posted By Prowler

Yesterday on the Chester Valley Trail, just west...

Yesterday on the Chester Valley Trail, just west of Wegmans. '84 Fuji TS III. Like Grandmas Lye Soap - "good for everything in the place".

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06-22-21, 09:57 AM
Replies: 4,115
Views: 391,353
Posted By Prowler

I had the same issue with my '74 Crescent. My...

I had the same issue with my '74 Crescent. My local frame builder had NOS Campy hangers he could braze on. He filed the "wound" clean then filed the hanger to the length I asked for. Lined it up...
06-20-21, 03:54 PM
Replies: 17,563
Views: 1,922,618
Posted By Prowler

Schuylkill River Trail on the passage west of...

Schuylkill River Trail on the passage west of Norristown. Not a very picturesque section as we travel under the active power lines. But I carry an aptelliptic transesiance induction coil in my hat. ...
06-15-21, 04:03 AM
Replies: 126
Views: 4,861
Posted By Prowler

"How do you release the clutch on this RD?" ...

"How do you release the clutch on this RD?"

" And why is there fluid leaking out of the brake cable?"
06-11-21, 04:41 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 536
Posted By Prowler

For a time, RDs did not have anything to retain...

For a time, RDs did not have anything to retain the pivot bolts, unlike later units that had snap rings or slotted nuts. So when an RD was dismounted the pivot bolt could and did fall out (like the...
06-09-21, 03:23 PM
Replies: 83
Views: 3,318
Posted By Prowler

There's still something about 23c tires

I know that, like the tidal bore in Truro, NS, Iíll be going against the flow here but I have to say that there is still something really neat about 23c tires. Wider and fatter tires are all the rage...
06-04-21, 01:51 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,740
Posted By Prowler

I have/had them on two bikes and find them pretty...

I have/had them on two bikes and find them pretty useful. However, I agree with folks about the utility of the levers that curve around to follow the handle bar and try to act like guidonnet levers....
05-30-21, 03:19 PM
Replies: 165
Views: 31,975
Posted By Prowler

Not I. I was busy sewing, eh, other things. ...

Not I. I was busy sewing, eh, other things. Things I'm still using cuz there's still so many eejits out there. BUT, don't wait for motivation. Create success. As out in my shop, I often start...
05-30-21, 05:12 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 1,574
Posted By Prowler

OK, I'll play. As a teen in Schenectady, NY, my...

OK, I'll play. As a teen in Schenectady, NY, my source of income was mowing neighborhood lawns (for CHEAP). Fortunately my expenses were nil so I did actually pile it up enough to purchase a brand...
05-30-21, 04:47 AM
Replies: 76
Views: 2,445
Posted By Prowler

10 years ago I was in my second cycling era. My...

10 years ago I was in my second cycling era. My original Varsity had gone to the recycler and the Moto had sat under years of dust. My son scammed a raffle at college and won a Huffy mtn bike. He...
05-29-21, 09:06 AM
Replies: 17,563
Views: 1,922,618
Posted By Prowler

Over the past 4 days I took my first road trip in...

Over the past 4 days I took my first road trip in about 2 years, due to what-cha-callit. Sort of a hub and spoke tour as I move the hub each day and cycle a different trail each day. About 150 miles...
Forum: Touring
05-29-21, 08:14 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,257
Posted By Prowler

A bit of recon

This week I took my first road trip in about 2 years, because of what-cha-callit. Sort of a hub and spoke tour but I move the hub every day. Drive 2 hours, cycle a few hours, drive another 2 hours,...
05-13-21, 04:02 PM
Replies: 1,145
Views: 122,860
Posted By Prowler

Ghost bike on the Schuykill River Trail. Been...

Ghost bike on the Schuykill River Trail. Been there a couple of months. RIP Wilson. Holding up very well in the weather.

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05-13-21, 03:59 PM
Replies: 17,563
Views: 1,922,618
Posted By Prowler

A very nice day here in Penn's Woods. Cycled lots...

A very nice day here in Penn's Woods. Cycled lots of the SRT and looped Valley Forge National Park. Stopped to visit with Friedrich Von for a bit. I'd seen on FB that the cousins were in Philadelphia...
05-12-21, 10:34 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,998
Posted By Prowler

What is that lining tool called? I don't know...

What is that lining tool called? I don't know what to search for. Am I the only one tempted to buy one?
05-01-21, 04:04 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 420
Posted By Prowler

I should be appalled but these touch a soft spot....

I should be appalled but these touch a soft spot. Reminds me of the mini bike my brother and I created way back. T frame fab'd by the kid up the street with a HT and fork welded on. I salvaged an...
04-28-21, 05:54 PM
Replies: 17,563
Views: 1,922,618
Posted By Prowler

Beautiful day. First day in the 80s this year....

Beautiful day. First day in the 80s this year. First ride in shorts and t-shirt. For various reasons, too awkward to get in to, I have been off the "good bikes" for 6 months. In the winter I use the...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-02-21, 05:56 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 642
Posted By Prowler

Many new bikes come packed with tubes of closed...

Many new bikes come packed with tubes of closed cell foam on the frame. You don't want to know how much of that stuff goes to land fills. However those tubes make very good frame protectors. I keep...
04-01-21, 06:16 PM
Replies: 1,458
Views: 180,710
Posted By Prowler

Another "saved from the dump" for someone....

Another "saved from the dump" for someone. Salvaged off a bike heading for the knackers. Each folding basket is 13" x 8" by 9" deep. Mounting clips included for securing to a rear rack. All steel and...
03-25-21, 06:31 AM
Replies: 4,437
Views: 431,715
Posted By Prowler

Well I've acquired a fairly useless skill set...

Well I've acquired a fairly useless skill set and, within 200 yards of my house, I'm the foremost authority. I'm helping a friend restore a couple of Huffy Yellow Submarine bikes. They each have...
03-24-21, 07:31 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 535
Posted By Prowler

I'm glad my unspeakable experiments helped the...

I'm glad my unspeakable experiments helped the OP. I've been very happy with the way my C'dale front bag rides. It's been several years with it and no worries. The one I made was a one off using...
03-17-21, 01:59 PM
Replies: 17,563
Views: 1,922,618
Posted By Prowler

A nice day (for mid march) and my first trip on...

A nice day (for mid march) and my first trip on the Schuylkill River Trail since around New Years. Almost all dry pavement and no ice left. A very good ride. Happy to ride today as they predict 1" of...
03-15-21, 03:52 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 795
Posted By Prowler

Got a sewing machine? Ditty bags (aka kit bags)...

Got a sewing machine? Ditty bags (aka kit bags) are very easy to make. I make em with a draw string top then lash them to the saddle with a toe strap. The most recent one I made used material from...
03-12-21, 01:55 PM
Replies: 7,184
Views: 696,012
Posted By Prowler

Having survived the past year, a year that...

Having survived the past year, a year that offered more challenges than any I can remember, I decided to treat myself. I've wanted a nice merino wool jersey for a long time and greatly admired the...
03-07-21, 05:27 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,415
Posted By Prowler

AFAIK soldering iron tips are copper or a copper...

AFAIK soldering iron tips are copper or a copper alloy. May be way too soft for excavations. It's great having a variety of dental pick. Quite useful for this job. And I don't think a hair dryer...
Forum: Foo
03-03-21, 04:53 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,458
Posted By Prowler

Too cold here yesterday for open roads so I got...

Too cold here yesterday for open roads so I got on the rollers to do my Little Feat of endurance. Old Reynolds 531 frame but, really, I Waiting for Columbus.
03-01-21, 04:44 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 2,085
Posted By Prowler

Very nice. Thanks. But you are the master. I...

Very nice. Thanks. But you are the master. I have that tap too and could never use it with a tap handle that large! Maybe cuz I'm a sparky vs a real engineer, but I use about the smallest wrench...
02-27-21, 10:52 AM
Replies: 17,563
Views: 1,922,618
Posted By Prowler

You may have heard that the "snow train" seems to...

You may have heard that the "snow train" seems to have ended here in the Mid-Atlantic. Lately I've been riding the snow blower instead of the bikes (other than on the trainers in the unheated shop)....
02-16-21, 02:30 PM
Replies: 1,458
Views: 180,710
Posted By Prowler

More Saved from the Dump

Literally. Things are finally pretty slow at the LBS so we're cleaning house. Recently they tossed about 200lbs of literature that had been in drawers too long. Mostly current era stuff but I snagged...
02-16-21, 02:11 PM
Replies: 2,542
Views: 871,370
Posted By Prowler

Road worthy again

This is the bike I've used for the GAP, the Pine Creek and several other lovely rides. Twice packed like a mule and several times running free. Last summer on the Pine Creek trail it rained over...
02-13-21, 10:15 AM
Replies: 192
Views: 17,379
Posted By Prowler

SN, I'll see your Buuuump and raise you one. As...

SN, I'll see your Buuuump and raise you one. As it's winter and the snow train keeps crossing the country and my home town, I'm mostly working out in the Folly (detached garage/shop). When doing my...
02-13-21, 06:20 AM
Replies: 17,563
Views: 1,922,618
Posted By Prowler

One other observation. On our trips to the UK,...

One other observation. On our trips to the UK, mostly in the south, I've notice a duality of terms with temperature. When discussing the weather many folks use Celsius for describing cold and...
02-07-21, 06:52 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 574
Posted By Prowler

Wow, this takes me back. At about the same time...

Wow, this takes me back. At about the same time I, too, looked like that on my Varsity. My older brother had purchased his Continental which inspired me. I mowed a LOT of lawns for "chump change"...
02-06-21, 04:51 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 698
Posted By Prowler

I consider the tab or knurling on a nut a mere...

I consider the tab or knurling on a nut a mere convince, never enough to really hold the nut in place for tightening. I ALWAYS use two keys for loosening or tightening a binder bolt. It is way to...
01-28-21, 05:59 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,679
Posted By Prowler

. That's easy. Enables you to tie down the...

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That's easy. Enables you to tie down the lever to keep the FD from popping onto the big ring in "the heat of battle". I use a Velcro strap.
01-22-21, 08:09 AM
Replies: 101
Views: 6,108
Posted By Prowler

Great thread and it seems that I cannot get...

Great thread and it seems that I cannot get enough of fine old British steel. I'll admit that I especially like the classic machines with computers and bottle cages. I know, not period correct but,...
01-22-21, 07:15 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 652
Posted By Prowler

I've rehabilitated enough old wheels that I've a)...

I've rehabilitated enough old wheels that I've a) gained plenty of experience and b) learned to fully detension/fully loosen all the spokes and start over. It's the only way to ensure the nipples...
01-21-21, 06:11 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 654
Posted By Prowler

Most (all?) BB spindles of that era were...

Most (all?) BB spindles of that era were asymmetric - one end longer than the other. Sometimes only a few mm difference but enought to matter. Some (most?) bike shop mechanics would not know that. ...
01-19-21, 03:00 PM
Replies: 17,563
Views: 1,922,618
Posted By Prowler

It was a very nice day on the Schuylkill River...

It was a very nice day on the Schuylkill River Trail. Clear and sunny, temps in the low 40s. The Ersatz Gran Prix was running beautifully - quiet, strong, confident. When suddenly out of the corner...
01-19-21, 05:59 AM
Replies: 73
Views: 2,920
Posted By Prowler

There is another recent thread on this topic. ...

There is another recent thread on this topic. Should not be hard to find.

+1 on holding the front brake on, with a bungee or line or strap. Just like the parking brake on a car.

Kick stands...
01-15-21, 04:44 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,803
Posted By Prowler

Way back when, I reinstalled my Raleigh heron...

Way back when, I reinstalled my Raleigh heron badge during the rehab. Being a frugal but inventive guy, and not liking the look of any of the rivets or drive screws or fasteners I'd seen on these...
01-05-21, 11:11 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,978
Posted By Prowler

Other than Babe, the Blue Oxen, shown elsewhere,...

Other than Babe, the Blue Oxen, shown elsewhere, I suppose my frankenbike is my ugly bike. IIRC the f/f is a 1974 Gitane Gypsy Sport and the rest is from 26 other bikes and parts bins etc. It is...
12-30-20, 07:05 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,099
Posted By Prowler

Congratulations. Nice historic bike. Mine is a...

Congratulations. Nice historic bike. Mine is a 1974 92319 made in Varberg. I'm Carolina dirt farmer but my father-in-law was Swedish. Not why I bought the bike but it's a nice connection. I...
12-29-20, 04:45 PM
Replies: 766
Views: 74,240
Posted By Prowler

I suppose "artsy", like beauty or industrial or...

I suppose "artsy", like beauty or industrial or nerdy, is in the eyes of the beholder. But since I don't get to see this very often (6 years since the last time) I thought it may belong here....
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